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Orissa to lift water from Sindol proj barrages for irrigation

Bhubaneswar: The state government on Wednesday announced setting up of mega lift irrigation points on both sides of the barrage of the Sindol project to appease farmers, who are opposing NHPC`s Rs 3,000-crore hydro power project.

"The farmers of Boudh, Sonepur and Sambalpur will be benefitted from the proposed lift irrigation points to be set up on both sides of the Sindol project," an official said.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting here chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Farmers were opposing the project to set up three hydro-power generation stations in Sambalpur, Sonepur and Boudh districts by NHPC in joint venture with state-owned Orissa Hydro Power Corporation.

The farmers claimed that villages would be submerged by the proposed barrage in the Mahanadi river.

The state government, however, has claimed that no village or paddy field would be submerged as it has reduced the height of barrages.

"We have reduced the height of each barrage by two meters from its original plan in order to avoid displacement and submergence of land," Energy minister Atanu S Nayak said.

The three units would together generate 320 MW after completion of Sindol-I, II and III.

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